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First State Investments – First State China Growth Fund

Type:
Ucits

Aim:
Growth by investing in companies based in or which derive their income from the People&#39s Republic of China

Minimum investment:
Lump sum $1,500

Investment split:
44.3% industrials, 24.9% consumer discretionary, 8.7% financials, 5.8% energy, 5% healthcare, 3.5% consumer staples, 2.9% utilities, 2.1% materials, 1.4% information technology, 1.4% cash

Place of registration:
Dublin

Charges:
Initial up to 5%,
annual 1.5%

Commission:
Initial up to 5%,
renewal 0.5%

Tel: 0800 917 1717

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